Ithania

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Ithania
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Geography
Full Name Ithania
Pronunciation Ith-ahn-niah
Demonym Ithanian
Area 430,000 mi²
Population 13,500,000
Flora and Fauna

Ithania is well-regarded by the rest of Aloria as a hotbed of wealth and culture. Located to the west of Regalia, Ithania is the home of the pacifistic, culture-oriented Ithanians who promote matrilineal society and polyandry. It is also incredibly tolerant, being one of the few human societies that welcome Nelfin citizens with open arms. In fact, Ithania is partially ruled by the Altalar as remnants of the old Elven Empire’s system of governance. Modern Ithania came about from a peaceful transference of power from the old Altalar administration to the new Ailor administration, by means of diplomacy and pacifism. Ithania, now subjugated under Regalia, is a huge source of wealth, bringing forth wine and silk of various quantities and forms for the rest of the world to enjoy--at a price, of course.

History

Ancient History

Nearly six thousand years ago, Ithania was occupied by the Third Civilization. This civilization lasted a few thousand years before it fell and gave way to more regional powers. From this rose the Varran civilization, which lived in the southern deserts of Ithania until around three thousand years before the Cataclysm. At this point, the Elven Empire had formed to the south and began marching on the Varran people. Heavily noted as primitive and savage in Nelfin texts, the Altalar easily crushed the Varrans, destroyed nearly all remnants of their culture, enslaved them en masse, and deported them to slave camps in Daendroc. Here, they and their descendants worked under poor conditions for the next several thousand years.

Ithania continued to remain strictly under Elven control until the Empire’s demise during the events of the Cataclysm. Through that long stretch of Ithanian history, the Nelfin moved the Varrans out and meanwhile imported Ailor slaves into the area. Ithania soon became a very rich part of the Empire, mostly in due part to its geographic features including its coasts, wide rivers, and fertile land. This allowed for luxuries such as wine and silk to be produced en masse. Such an excess of wealth led to the local Elven rulers to increase the rights of their Ailor slaves; approximately forty years before the Cataclysm, the Ithanian Ailor became the first people to be permanently liberated from slavery, and achieve equal status to the Elves. This allowed for premature development of Ithanian language and culture, as opposed to the militantly-controlled Daendroque and the Lusitian slaves.

Following the Cataclysm, the Nelfin aristocracy were “overthrown” in a peaceful exchange of power known as “Le Mars de l’Orchidée,” where the Ailor majority democratically and diplomatically forced the Nelfin princes to abdicate in favor of the Human rule. Many Nelfin managed to retain unofficial government positions or important advisory roles to the new ruling classes, while elsewhere in the world Ailor societies turned violently against them. This led to a mutual cultural exchange between the people, as opposed to the polarization experienced between the Nelfin high culture and the Daendroque culture witnessed to the south. Whereas in Daendroc, the slaves rejected the Nelfin’s inclination towards scholarly pursuit and became more barbaric and war-like, the Ithanians became the cultural successors of Nelfin culture, focusing on self-development, pacifism, and self-indulgence.

The Birth of a Nation

The period of history following the Cataclysm was one of many births; from culture to races and nations. Because of Ithania’s general pacifism during the time of the Elven Empire, its culture began to shift towards an inherent inclination away from war and battle, and more towards the progression of the mind and culture. This left the continent vulnerable to foreign raiders from Nordskag and Regalia, who were almost entirely men. These brutish outsiders were soon vilified by the Ithanians, which further polarized their inclination towards anything classy, frail, and with poise, resulting in the matriarchal system of governance and administration. Around 150 AC, Ithania was officially “conquered” by Regalia under the leadership of Vladimir Kade. No battles were fought as Ithania had no formal military; in fact, their surrender was near-immediate upon the first landing of the Regalian armies, though the actual violent intent of these armies is often disputed. Many historical reports indicate that the Regalians were welcomed with open arms to protect the state against southern encroachment from Lusits, Nordskag raiders, and Varran Corsairs.

From this point on, under the protection of the Regalian Empire, Ithania continued to grow and become one of the most sophisticated lands in Aloria. Subsequent to the nation’s integration to the Empire, the Ithanian Gem Boom engulfed Regalia in an economic miracle. Several huge repositories of gems were discovered in the Pays Sud region of the Regalian Archipelago. Regalia, seeing this as an opportunity to solidify its grasp over Ithania, openly encouraged the emigration of Ithanians from their homeland to this new area rife with economic opportunity, thereby solidifying the Ithanian Realm’s loyalty to the Regalian Crown and developing the Archipelago regions of Loiree, Vixhall, and Pays Sud. This later contributed to the Regalian Pessimism, where the effect on Regalia adversely affected Ithania; where in Regalia, militant nationalism took the forefront, pacifism became the central focus in Ithania. What little military Ithania had left was removed, inviting forth the concept of Jacobinism; the belief in small government, social progress, and religious freedom. This period has since passed over, but many concepts, including pacifism and high culture, remain ingrained in Ithanian culture.

Recent History

Most recently, Ithania has been involved in a series of confrontations challenging the very core of its society. After the announcement of the eleventh creed, a full-scale revolt and incursion followed in the states to the south of Ithania. Vast armies of mercenaries and slaveholders marched northwards to plunder the nation’s riches, fuelled by social unrest and chaos in their homeland due to the influx of freed slaves. A half-year long civil war followed lasting from late 303 AC to early 304 AC during which both Lapalaise Plus-rême and Joyau-vert du Nord were captured. The latter was especially jarring for House Kade: dozens of family members fell in the Empire’s former capital, members who were there to escape war on the other fronts.

The Daendroquean Incursion ended with a joint-effort intervention by the Kingdom of Nordskag and the Kingdom of Lusits during the final period of the Anahera Dictatorship. In its wake remained a sentiment against the formerly untouchable Ithanian pacifism. A series of incidents surrounding excavation of Varran ruins in the southern desert regions escalated into a full-blown piracy crisis in 304 AC. Due to refused intervention from the Regalian Empire, the anti-pacifist movements in Ithania culminated into a militarisation movement and led to the establishment of L'Armee du Citeé, Ithania’s first official army. During the summer of 304 AC, the army went through its fire baptism by successfully fending off spawns of the Bone Horror Crisis. Thanks to both this and the subsequent Regalian intervention, Ithania largely survived the events with minimal losses in population and wealth. As such, Ithania retains its superiority in wealth within the Empire to this day, despite still suffering from bouts of Varran piracy and pillaging from the Shadow Isles around the southern borders.

Geography


Ithania remains as one of the most diverse regions within the Regalian Empire. The nation is located to the west of the Regalian Archipelago, to the south-east of Fendarfelle and separated by a cold straight from the Kingdom of Nordskag. To the south, a vast desert region and subsequent mountains separate Ithania from the rest of Daen. Though the northern hivres of Castellajoux, Carnigoux de Foix and Bressuivre encounter regular snowing during winter months, the whole of Ithania maintains a calm and welcoming climate.

Ithania is dotted by numerous rivers that act as trade centers. Beyond these, there is little to note of Ithania’s landscape other than the fact that it is covered in cities. Ithania is a vastly urban continent, and while many cities are centered around sprawling rivers, there are several located in seemingly random locations as well. The latter stand as a testament to mass agriculture during the time of the Elven Empire. Seeing as Ithanian culture is mostly pacifistic, the cities are completely open; there are no walls, and very few castles, forts, or strongholds to speak of on the continent. These cities are pinnacles of Ithanian culture; they grow tall, wide, and are decorated only with the most elaborate materials one can find in Aloria, all in a display of material and cultural wealth.

Though many vagabond caravans and trading companies make their way through the unpopulated areas of the continent independent of any nation or creed, the entirety of Ithania is governed by the Ithanian Realm, a large political entity ruled by the Ithanian Sovereign: a queen of queens who answers to the Regalian Empire.

Flora

Ithania has a wide variety of flora that range across its equally diverse continent. This being said, the demographics of the flora is so polarized that there are some plants present in Ithania that do not grow anywhere else in the world. One particular plant is Fireweed, which has always caused significant issues for the urban population. Fireweed is an incendiary plant that spontaneously combusts. In fact, one rare incident of a Fireweed accident caused an entire country town to burn down.

Fauna

Similar to the flora of Ithania, the fauna is spread out and diverse in contrast to many other continents. While some dangerous creatures may roam the deserts, the Ithanian plains are filled with many domestic animals. Still, yet, many Ithanian breeders take pride in their selectively birthed show-pets; from the Long Fluff to the Ithanian Sucre Cien or the Snowpaw Felicis, the variety of domestic animals kept in Ithania are a testament to their owner’s culture.

Politics and Demographics


The entire landmass known as Ithania politically falls under the Ithanian Realm, which is a governmental structure subservient to the Regalian Empire. This Realm is governed by the Ithanian Grand Sovereign, who is the “Queen of all Ithanian Queens.” This Queen is elected by the many Ithanian Hivres, which are all ruled by queens. The Ithanian Sovereign thus rules directly over her domain, as well as indirectly over the entire Realm. The current sovereign is Grand Souverain Elenore d'Aubignarois La Beauté, who hails from Hivre Haute Puisse. There are ten Hivres in total, each with their style of individual governance. Some are hereditary, while others engage in local elections. Below is a list of all the Ithanian Hivres:



Notable Locations

La Portée du Paradis

Known as “Havenreach” by most Common speakers, La Portée du Paradis is the wealthiest port in all of Ithania; an economic goldmine in every sense of the word. Hundreds of ships enter and exit its harbor every day, bringing in traders who leave with Ithania’s fine goods. One could go so far as to name it the second trade capital of Aloria—after the Regalian Holy City, of course.

La Rivière du Prospérité

La Rivière du Prospérité is the primary river that stems from the mainland continent of Ithania. All trade either comes through this river towards the Great Middle Sea and proceeds to Regalia or alternatively through the eastern coast of the continent. It is upon this river that cities such as Havenreach rest, basking in the luxurious trade that fills its coffers.

La Cour de Ciècle

La Cour de Ciècle is a vast desert which spans over Ithania’s southern border. This desert is nigh-inhospitable and is host to a quite literal expanse of nothingness. Despite this, deep under the sands lie many ancient Varran temples; sometimes discovered, these ruins are swiftly stamped out by Ithanians wary of any trace of Varran culture.

Lapalaise Plus-rême

This city is unofficially the capital of the Ithanian Realm, where the seat of the Sovereign of Ithania is positioned, along with its various foreign embassies. It is located on the south-east coast of Ithania. Known as Lapalaise for short, the city is considered the most beautiful city in the known world, with architectural marvels situated on cliffs and river deltas that mouth into massive waterfalls, towering over the jungles below. The buildings themselves are often lined with golden decorative details and pure bronze roofs to make the city shine and visible even from afar.

Joyau-vert du Nord

Located in northern Ithania, this sprawling city is the seat of the prominent Ithanian de l'Édificièrre family. Though largely unchanged over the years, Joyau-vert became the temporary capital of the Regalian Empire during the First Songaskian War when the Crown Isle, and sections of the Regalian Archipelago were seized by the Masaya of Farahdeen. More importantly, House Kade maintained its family seat here until the subsequent crisis in Daenshore and held the wedding of former Emperor Alexander I and his Empress, Queen Juliana de Lobo e Kade the Mad.

Trivia

  • Recent excavations in the Ithanian deserts imply that the Varran civilization was more than just a Nelfin-conquered people in times past, but this information is extremely limited.
  • Ithania was once ruled by the Mad Queen of Dordonnais, a woman so obsessed with beauty and longevity that she turned to Vampirism to prolong her life. Because of her horrific acts, while ruling, many Ithanians, in particular, fear Vampirism and stray from it as best as they can.



Accreditation
Writers Shayin, Miss_Ortonnaise
Processors HydraLana, Percuriam, SupremeCripple
Last Editor HydraLana on 02/4/2018.

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